Drama at Broad Lane and London Road in Chromasports and Trophies Peterborough League Premier Division
There was derby joy on Tuesday night for Moulton Harrox and Tydd.
Moulton came from behind to beat Holbeach United Reserves 3-1 at Broad Lane as Kev Nottingham’s side started their defence of the ChromaSport Peterborough and District League Premier Division crown with back-to-back wins.
And at London Road, Tydd pulled off a dramatic 2-0 win over Long Sutton in a match of three missed penalties.
At Moulton, Holbeach skipper John Smith fired the visitors ahead five minutes before half-time.
Moulton had their chances but it wasn’t until midway through the second half that things turned in their favour.
Holbeach keeper Brad Waters was sent off for bringing down Marcus Parry and Moulton skipper Billy King drove home the resultant free kick to make it 1-1.
Ten-man Holbeach visibly wilted and Ash Coddington soon fired Moulton ahead before Declan Earth put the result beyond late on.
Earth got the only goal in Moulton’s opener at Oakham United last Saturday.
Nottingham said: “The sending off on Tuesday was obviously a help to us but I felt we were worthy winners regardless of that.
"I’d have been disappointed with that decision if I was in (Holbeach manager) Phil Barnes’ shoes but maybe the ref was left with no choice.
“We started well and had several half-chances in the first 25 minutes but Holbeach stepped up and had a good spell towards half-time.
“I felt the second half was all one-way traffic, with us knocking on the door for a good while.
“Bringing on Ian Bradbury changed things for us. The ball stuck a bit more, giving us the chance to get around him and we created more.”
He added: “Holbeach are a busy young side that will keep progressing, no doubt about that.”
Barnes admitted it was a “bitter pill to swallow” after losing by the same margin in a poorer performance against Uppingham Town at the weekend.
“Up until the sending off I think Moulton had run out of ideas but credit to them, they always keep going,” he said.
“I was pleased with how we turned around the performance from Saturday. We battled for each other with bits of quality and deserved our half-time lead.
“We defended well in the second half as Moulton pressed for the equaliser.
“I think we deserved a draw.”
A goal in each half settled the derby at Sutton, which had extra interest as it was the first since Magpies manager Dave Monaghan switched camps over the summer.
Tydd missed one penalty and Sutton two.
Monaghan said: “We weren’t at our best and Tydd showed more desire when it mattered. We lost 2-0 and missed two penalties and had a goal disallowed so it’s not that bad.
“But it was frustrating after an extremely positive performance in the win over Peterborough NES in our first game.”
Tydd were beaten 7-3 at ICA Sports on Saturday.